This weekend, I received a great question from one of my blog readers, Mercy. She asks the following: “I love the pasta seasonings from Mrs. Wages. I would like to add vegetables to my sauce before I can it. This is the only way I can get my husband to eat vegetables. How can I do this? We went to the farmers market this weekend and we bought an abundance of nice tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers.”
The short answer is this: You can add your veggies to your sauce, but you can’t can it.
The problem is that adding vegetables to a pasta sauce reduces the acid, resulting in a product that cannot be canned in a boiling water bath. Instead, you have two options:
1. You can freeze the veggies and add them when you serve the sauce; or
2. You can make the sauce with vegetables and then freeze it rather than canning it.
Either way, Mercy, it looks like your husband is going to get his daily dose of vegetables. And when those veggies are mixed in with Mrs. Wages Pasta Sauce and served over fresh-cooked pasta, he won’t be able to resist what’s good for him.
Now, off to the kitchen! Happy canning, everyone!